HRA Alert: Case for DLNR Chair
by Dr. Maxwell Cooper, HRA Legislative Liaison
After withdrawing his controversial nomination of Carleton Ching, real estate development lobbyist, Governor Ige has named Suzanne Case for Chair of Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR).
Case has served as Executive Director of Nature Conservancy of Hawaii for the past 14 years.
The Nature Conservancy uses aerial shooting of ungulates, fencing and eradication, and supports eliminating non-native animal populations. NCH pursues a policy of preservation, e.g. non use, of natural resources, not conservation, wise use, with no thought given to the concept that game animals, valuable habitat, and threatened native species can be managed successfully together.
The Legislature should consider Ms. Case carefully before approving her for the next 3 years to control the Hawaii State Department responsible for hunting rules, seasons, bag limits, licenses, hunting areas, enforcement, habitat preservation and improvement, shooting range development, and the Hunter Education program.
The Committee on WTL has scheduled a public hearing on Case’s nomination for Friday, 04-17-15, on GM750.
Testimony is accepted: Hearing Notice
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